Living with Less: How to Downsize to 100 Personal Possessions

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A unique programme to help you reduce your personal possessions to 100 items. Many people think that the more they own, the more contented and happy they will be - their lives become defined by their possessions. In fact, the opposite is often true: the more we have, the less happy and contented we are in mind, body and spirit. In Living with Less, decluttering expert Mary Lambert sets you the challenge of reducing your personal possessions to just 100 items. In Part 1 Mary describes how keeping too many ...

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Overview

A unique programme to help you reduce your personal possessions to 100 items. Many people think that the more they own, the more contented and happy they will be - their lives become defined by their possessions. In fact, the opposite is often true: the more we have, the less happy and contented we are in mind, body and spirit. In Living with Less, decluttering expert Mary Lambert sets you the challenge of reducing your personal possessions to just 100 items. In Part 1 Mary describes how keeping too many possessions affects you - clutter can stop you moving forward in life and learning how to release some of your possessions can be liberating and fulfilling. In Part 2, you begin the 100-item challenge, starting with an inventory of your personal possessions. Then you begin the easy-to-follow goalsetting programme to start the process of clearing out your items: broken down into manageable categories, you address each area of your possessions at a time, from clothes to jewellery to hobby items. Mary does of course practise what she preaches: you can follow her own 100-item challenge throughout the book. And, once you've addressed your personal items, you may want to tackle the rest of your household goods.

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Lambert, a British decluttering and feng shui consultant, challenges readers to pare their belongings to the bone. First she lists 20 questions to help readers rate their potential for hoarding. Then she presents rules: in your discards, include hobby items, jewelry, and electronic gear; exclude shared items such as kitchen equipment; also exclude books, DVDs and CDs, and bathroom products. Items she excludes from the 100-item goal can still be problematic, and she addresses many, including furniture. She also encourages tweaks to the rules: for example, underwear and hosiery should each be counted as a single item rather than by pairs. Achieving an organized closet is simpler when counting each item of clothing as one of the 100, then sorting by item and further by color, leaving room for shoes beneath this minimal wardrobe. Those unfortunates who are addicted to acquiring possessions suffer from stuffed closets and don't know what they really need to buy. Lambert admits that the 100-item goal may be difficult and take a long time to achieve but calls the exercise "good for the soul".. Whether you enjoy the journey will probably depend on your starting point. Those who test as "hoarders" in the first part of the book are likely to stall in the second part. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781908170989
  • Publisher: CICO Books
  • Publication date: 1/15/2013
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 598,189
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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